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By Jeremie Capron via

Last week, the ROBO Global team traveled to Toyko for a whirlwind week of meetings, research, and exploration at the bi-annual International Robotics Exhibition.

One of the biggest industry events in the world, the conference hosted more than 130,000 visitors and featured more than 600 exhibitors and 2,775 booths. To say that the 50% growth of the show floor since just two years ago is impressive would be an understatement. But what was even more notable than the size of the event was the sheer magnitude of innovation that was present at every turn. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Intelligent robots took center stage.

Of course, “intelligence” is relative, but the leading industry players, including Fanuc, ABB, Yaskawa, and Kuka all demonstrated robots that embed significantly more intelligence than two years ago.

One of the most impressive examples: Kawasaki Robotics demonstrated a new robot that can learn how to manage the intricate process of aligning component pins on a car seat to install it on a car frame. We watched as a human instructor used a joystick to help the robot maneuver and “feel” the holes so it could successfully slide the pins into place. After a few dozen guided attempts, the robot was able to learn the process, and the need for human assistance was eliminated.

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